Submission: May 09, 2016
Registration: May 03, 2016
Language: English, Spanish
Location: Concept
Prizes: 1st Prize: 2500€, 2nd Prize: 1000€, 3rd Prize: 500€
Type: Open


OPENGAP organizes the fifth edition of this open ideas competition seeking for innovative, cutting-edge, contemporary, proposals, committed to a strategy of implementing architecture in a natural environment. Approaches should point to find synergies between nature and the building itself. Each participant or team can propose the location of their Project.

This competition is open to all architects, designers, architecture students and to people around the world interested in the topic. Competitors could subscribe individually or as a team of maximum of 5 people. The proposal submission consists of two digital panels in .jpg format, not bigger than 5MB each.


The main objectives are the following:
To encourage innovative proposals that are committed to a strategy of implementing cutting-edge, contemporary architecture in a protected natural environment, with approaches that lead to synergies between the context and the building itself.vTo convene ideas of spaces that promote a deep understanding and assimilation of nature. Projects must lead through their architecture to sensitivity, awareness, understanding, enthusiasm and commitment to the natural environment around them.


• The main function of an Interpretation Centre is to promote a creative learning environment, seeking to reveal to the visitors the significance of cultural or historical heritage of the object exposed, in order to increase consciousness and motivate its effective conservation.

• They are designed to cover four basic functions: research, conservation, promotion and enhancement of the object they are dedicated to.

• Interpreting is the art of presenting to the public an entity; to inform, entertain and motivate knowledge. The purpose of interpretation is giving the visitor a better understanding of why and in what sense a place or an object is important.


This open ideas competition does not refer to any particular location but to a generalized situation. Each participant or team will define the location of their Project; such as: natural parks, protected natural areas, forests, jungles, beaches, mountains, etc. However, the proposal must justify the choice of the location and the interaction reached between the project and the site’s environment.

In terms of functionality, the proposal must solve the accommodation and articulation of spaces set in the program requirements, as well as the use of those proposed by the participant. There must be logical paths and ease of flow and movement in the entire project. Being one of the purposes of this competition the search on the diversity of projects and their particular situations, we hope that the variety of global natural environments is enriching for it.


All architects, designers, architecture students and individuals interested in the topic around the world can enter this competition of ideas. Proposals may be presented individually or as a team of up to 5 people max.
Only one proposal may be presented for each registration made. Each competitor or team may present as many projects as registrations completed, since each proposal is assigned a different REGISTRATION NUMBER.

The following are prohibited to enter this competition: any member of the jury, or regular partners, employees or relatives up to second-degree of them, employees of OPENGAP or architects with any type of contractual



REGISTRATION 1ST PERIOD: From January 4 until February 2, 2016

REGISTRATION 2ND PERIOD: From February 3, until March 1, 2016

REGISTRATION 3RD PERIOD: From March 2, until April 4, 2016

REGISTRATION 4RD PERIOD: From April 5, until May 3, 2016




AWARDING OF PRIZES: During June, 2016


The registration will be formalized following the registration steps through the web www.opengap.net.
The registration period begins on January 4, 2016 and ends on May 3, 2016 at 20:00 Central Europe (Central European Time (CET) = UTC / GMT + 1:00). The following registration fees have been established according to the date of registration:

1ST PERIOD (from 4/JAN/2016 to 2/FEB/2016): 35,00 euro

2ND PERIOD (from 3/FEB/2016 to 1/MAR/2016): 60,00 euro

3RD PERIOD (from 2/MAR/2016 to 4/APR/2016): 90,00 euro

4RD PERIOD (from 5/APR/2016 to 3/MAY/2016): 110,00 euro

Go to the competition’s website